Millionaire anti-violence activist busted for beating his wife

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    Millionaire anti-violence activist busted for beating his wife
    By Rebecca Rosenberg
    October 4, 2017 | 8:42pm | Updated

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    A millionaire businessman and self-described anti-violence activist who once helped to lead the famed Tiananmen Square uprising has been busted for beating his wife.

    Shen Tong, 48, a successful entrepreneur and vocal supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement, allegedly shoved his wife, Weiyu Lai, so hard during an argument that she cut her face and ended up with a black eye, court papers allege.

    When cops showed up to their tony Soho pad, Tong admitted the two had been drinking and had pushed each other.

    But Tong sought to reassure the officers by referencing his record of literary pacifism.

    “I’m anti-violence,” he said. “Look at all the books I’ve written.”

    Tong, the founder of software company VFinity and Food-X, which funds food-related startups, wrote an autobiography about his childhood and role as a key organizer of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

    “The defendant’s push caused Ms. Lai to hit her face, causing a large lump over her eye, a scrape to her cheek, a laceration to her chin, bruising to her face and substantial pain,” the criminal complaint states.

    Tong told cops when they arrived at his 5,500-square-foot luxury loft that he and his wife had been arguing since dinner. As he chased her out of the room, Tong claims she tripped and fell, according to court papers.

    “I tried to walk away then I heard a loud noise, I turned around and saw my wife on the floor,” he said of the July 25, 2016, incident.

    “I saw all the bleeding, she might’ve hit the door frame and that’s why I called 911,” he allegedly told cops.

    A neighbor said he ran into Lai – a mother of three – the following day and noted her black eye.

    “She was messed up,” he recalled of her face. “It was a surprise.”

    Tong, who reportedly put his entrepreneurial ventures on hold in 2011 to join the Occupy Wall Street movement in Zuccotti Park, was indicted on one count of second-degree assault for the alleged attack on his wife.

    A judge issued a temporary order of protection barring Tong from having contact with his spouse.

    In his book “Almost There,” Tong describes the Communist government’s fierce military crackdown of the pro-democracy movement, which led to the massacre of hundreds of demonstrators.

    He was featured as one of Newsweek’s People of the Year in 1989 for his leadership in the Tiananmen Square protests.

    His defense lawyer, Alex Spiro, said Mr. Tong “denies the charges and will answer them in court.”
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